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Well I traded him up this machine for the old Dell 4700 I had. I began taking it apart today at the shop and it is really a strange machine. These old dinosaurs are always fun to get into and check out.

There was a total of 4 different interfaces of drives. There was 2 different types of SCSI drives, connected by an adapter to a SCSI PCI card, an IDE drive, and even a SATA drive (the earliest example I have ever seen of a SATA connector). Not to mention the usual floppy drive interface. It has an Asus P4PE motherboard, which in it's day was probably the best of the best. Shame it is going to end up in the trash even though it boots up and runs just fine. it even has overclocking options. Not bad for a 10-year-old board.

It had an analog temp gauge, a digital temp gauge/fan controller, card reader, floppy drive, and a hot-swap SCSI bay.

Anyway, since the case is all aluminum, I am thinking about having it cleaned up and anodized. Maybe some sort of crazy colored camo like this:



What do you think?
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 4/5/11 at 9:19pm
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post #12 of 24
Stay original with the case.
Buy Lian Li drive covers etc. Restore it to its former glory.
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Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
Stay original with the case.
Buy Lian Li drive covers etc. Restore it to its former glory.
But these cases are soooo boring to look at, especially in silver. Black looks pretty good to me, but the naked aluminum has that Apple-esque minimalist look that reminds me of smug douchebags in turtlenecks. No thank you.

I am going to call these guys tomorrow to see what kind of pricing they have for a full case, or if they have the facilities to do something that large. With shipping it would probably come out to about $400, which is a bit more than I am willing to spend though.

I know I can get it all one color locally for about $125, but I want something special. Maybe get my company logo on there too.
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 4/5/11 at 11:16pm
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post #14 of 24
powdercoat the case black? or anodize it?
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powdercoat the case black? or anodize it?
X2 on the anodizing. A fully red anodized case would look sick. Maybe put a window in the side panel too.

As for old mobos with SATA ports, I saw a couple Socket A motherboards with onboard SATA that a friend of mine got out of a couple salvage computers the other day. I bet back then a SATA drive would've cost about as much as a new computer.
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X2 on the anodizing. A fully red anodized case would look sick. Maybe put a window in the side panel too.

As for old mobos with SATA ports, I saw a couple Socket A motherboards with onboard SATA that a friend of mine got out of a couple salvage computers the other day. I bet back then a SATA drive would've cost about as much as a new computer.
I am thinking about doing a mod for my daughter using this case now. I am also thinking to get it powder coated instead of anodized since I have an awesome powdercoating outfit about 20 minutes away from me that does cases and everything else you can think of. (it's about 1/3 the price, too) They look like they do some pretty amazing work. I am going to order all the drive bay covers from Performance PCs today and after they get here and I see what it looks like I'll make a decision.

Right now I really want to do a crazy neon pink like this:


Or a purple like one of these:

Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 4/6/11 at 7:44am
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Purple would be sick.
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post #18 of 24
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Purple would be sick.
Yeah I am pretty partial to the purple as well. I like the top purple color the best I think. I was checking out the prices at that place and I am pretty certain that even with the drive bay covers, doors, and HDD cage it would come out to be less than $100 US. Not too shabby for a (practically) free case.

I am going to call them now and see what they say.
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 4/6/11 at 7:40am
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post #19 of 24
OMG

POWDERCOAT EVERYTHING PURPLE:
purchase all original LL parts for your case: 3.5 / 5.25 covers, including dvd drive cover.
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product...=6&ss_index=38
powdercoat video card casing, do a MDPC black sleeving job for all cables.
if your doing WC, do shiny black XSPC tubes.
powdercoat the ram sinks too, and paint the fans purple and the fan casing black.
Edited by somebodysb2 - 4/6/11 at 8:36am
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Originally Posted by PhillyOverclocker View Post
I am thinking about doing a mod for my daughter using this case now. I am also thinking to get it powder coated instead of anodized since I have an awesome powdercoating outfit about 20 minutes away from me that does cases and everything else you can think of. (it's about 1/3 the price, too) They look like they do some pretty amazing work. I am going to order all the drive bay covers from Performance PCs today and after they get here and I see what it looks like I'll make a decision.
Have they done anything else for you in the past? I always wanted to get a case powdercoated just dont know anyone that does it. I wish they were closer their an hour away from me in South Philly. I would go with purple.
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